MEDIA RELEASE: COUNCIL MEETING - OCTOBER 3, 2017

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

Below is a summary of key items discussed at the Municipality of Port Hope regular Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The full agenda and staff reports are available on the Council Portal.

Presentation by the Mayor and Fire Chief

In a special presentation made by Mayor Sanderson and Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar, 13 firefighters were acknowledged with Municipal Fire Service awards for their 5, 10 or 15 years of service and dedication to the Municipality of Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services.

Provision of Storage Space for Canadian Fire Fighters Museum

After consideration of a report regarding the Canadian Fire Fighters Museum (CFFM), resolution 68/2017 was passed by Council, which stipulates that the Municipality will provide provisions for storage space to the CFFM for a maximum of two years. The resolution further specifies that: 1. fire vehicles be relocated to the storage building and two car garage at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, using up to a maximum of 550 square metres; and 2. materials requiring a climate controlled environment (clothing, paper documents, pictures, etc.) be stored in the rooms in the north east corner of the basement of the Canton Municipal Office.

Fire Hydrant Obstruction By-law

Council passed By-law 68/2017, being a By-law to Prohibit Fire Hydrant Obstruction and Interference to Access Fire Hydrant after consideration of a report from Director of Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief C. Ryan Edgar and Water Operations Manager Rick Trumper. The new By-law prohibits obstruction of, or interference to access of fire hydrants within the Municipality. The By-law is the result of concerns raised over numerous hydrants that have been identified as having limited visibility and obstructed access. The recommendations within the report comply with the Ontario Fire Code, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) Standards.

Enforcement of the By-law includes authorization of Municipal staff to inform the adjacent property owner of the obstruction and immediately request the property owner to remove the obstructions as detailed within the Hydrant Policy.

Minutes from this meeting will be available pending approval at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at which point they will become the official record of the meeting.

A recording of the October 3, 2017 Regular Council meeting and the Committee of the Whole meeting is available at porthope.ca/council-communications.

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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca